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Potential drop for markets

county hallFOUR of Pembrokeshire’s markets are to be examined next week at a meeting of the County Council Cabinet.

The County Council currently operates markets at Haverfordwest, Tenby, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, but a report to Monday’s meeting of Cabinet recommends a detailed review of the future options for the markets.

The sale of the facilities or the potential closures of the markets are among some of the options being considered.

The report says: “The current financial position in respect of the markets is that overall they are not profitable, when taking into account whole costs of management and future capital requirements.”

It continues: “The provision of markets is a discretionary function and the relatively modest size of the facilities limits the ability to generate significant socio-economic benefits for the county.

Furthermore, there is no capacity being created for future investment into developing and improving the facilities.”

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The report concludes:

“The review will involve consultation with a variety of stakeholders and will seek to establish whether sustainable business solutions can be developed for markets in the County”.

The Cabinet meets at County Hall at 10am on Monday (December 2).